NCAA highlights

Ncaa Tournament

March 19, 2001

Points

Casey Calvary, Gonzaga.............. 24

Rahim Lockhart, Mississippi ......... 24

Quincy Wadley, Temple ............. 24

Joe Crispin, Penn State ............. 21

Titus Ivory, Penn State ............. 21

Julius Peppers, North Carolina ...... 21

Dan Dickau, Gonzaga ................ 20

Lynn Greer, Temple ................. 20

Preston Shumpert, Syracuse ........ 20

DeShaun Williams, Syracuse ......... 20

Demon Brown, Charlotte ............. 19

Gyasi Cline-Heard, Penn State ...... 19

Melvin Ely, Fresno State ............ 17

Drew Gooden, Kansas ................ 17

LaVall Jordan, Butler ................ 17

Troy Murphy, Notre Dame .......... 17

Rebounds

Drew Gooden, Kansas ................ 15

David Thomas, Michigan State ...... 14

Nick Collison, Kansas ................ 13

Brendan Haywood, N. Carolina ...... 13

Ryan Humphrey, Notre Dame ....... 13

Matt Bonner, Florida ................ 11

Troy Murphy, Notre Dame .......... 10

Julius Peppers, North Carolina ...... 10

Luke Walton, Arizona ............... 10

Gyasi Cline-Heard, Penn State ....... 9

Assists

Lynn Greer, Temple ...................9

Casey Calvary, Gonzaga ...............7

Ronald Curry, North Carolina .........7

Cory Bradford, Illinois ................6

Kirk Hinrich, Kansas .................. 6

Tito Maddox, Fresno State ........... 6

Conference scoreboard

How conferences with more than one team in the tournament are faring:

Teams

Conf. (Teams) ......... W-L ....... Pct. ......left

Pac-10 (5) ..............8-1 ....... .889 ........4

Conf. USA (2) ..........3-1 ....... .750 ........1

Big Ten (7) .............7-4 ........ .636 ........3

Atlantic 10 (3) .........3-2 ........ .600 ........1

ACC (6)..................5-4 ........ .556........2

SEC (6) .................5-4 ........ .556 ....... 2

Big East (5) ............5-4 ......... .556 ....... 1

Big 12 (6)...............3-5 ......... .375 ....... 1

Mo. Valley (2) ..........1-2 ......... .333....... 0

WAC (2) ................1-2 ......... .333 .......0

Take-aways

North Carolina outshot Penn State, 47 to 44 percent, and out-rebounded the Nittany Lions, 44-33. But Penn State had 18 steals and 11 turnovers compared with the Tar Heels' five steals and 22 turnovers.

ACComplished

Since the NCAA tournament field expanded to 64 in 1985, the Atlantic Coast Conference has far outstripped other conferences in landing four teams in the Sweet 16. Below is the list of conferences that have performed the feat, with how many times.

ACC ............7

Pac-10 .........3

SEC ............2

Big Ten .........2

Big East .........1

Not seedy

Michigan State could conceivably advance to its third straight Final Four without beating a sixth seed or higher. It could also make it Minneapolis without beating one opponent from one of the six major conferences - ACC, SEC, Pac-10, Big Ten, Big 12 or Big East. "And I'm supposed to feel bad about that possibly happening?" Spartans coach Tom Izzo said yesterday. "You've seen how this tournament has gone so far with so many top seeds falling. If anything, maybe you need to give more credit to the Gonzagas and Fresno States. Maybe they aren't deserving of 12th and ninth seeds."

Quotable

"We were just having fun. We lost ourselves in the game. That's what Coach kept telling us to do."

- Kansas' Kirk Hinrich

"The old guys teach the young guys. That's how it works around here."

- Michigan State senior David Thomas

"Other teams think they play against zones, but it's not the same. They look at us on tape, but it's not the same."

- Temple's Lynn Greer

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